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Asmaa Abdallah


Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

[Cropped image of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here cover.]

Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi, editors. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5, 2007 Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of Booksellers." Oakland: PM Press, 2012  You can bomb a bookstore or ban a book, but it will not die You cannot kill a poem like you can a man. Al-Mutanabbi Street will rise again. (Sam Hamill, To Salah al-Hamdani, November 2008) At the heart of a new anthology is the idea that the written word is ...

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Asmaa Abdallah

Asmaa Abdallah is a literary commentator and translator. She holds a BA in English Literature from Cairo University and is working on an MA in English and Comparative Literature from the American University in Cairo. Since 2006, Asmaa has been writing feature articles, interviews and reviews for English language publications such as Egypt Independent, Ahram Weekly, Enigma Magazine and the Arabic Literature in English Blog. She has also contributed to the translation of the winner works of Beirut 39, published by Bloomsbury in 2010.